Kern County California is bone dry, but still has the most beautiful wild flowers anywhere. Even the cacti are bursting with swollen magenta buds. Tiny yellow daisy-like flowers carpet the ground making a stunning back ground for the blue lupines, and numerous other flowers I don’t know the names of.
I drove through the canyon from Tehachapi to Lake Isabella feeling like I was in cowboy movie shot in the l950s, or back in the Andes in Peru. The Kern River snaked below the winding road flanked by sheer rock wall cutting into the skyline.
Until I move into the cabin on the 30th, I am staying with my friends, Pat & Mike, musicians and home owners who also work in the desert on behalf of the desert tortoises.
After seven years traveling the world, I’m looking forward to spending some easy time, writing another book, hiking, kayaking, and visiting friends in Italy come fall, and generally learning about this high desert terrain, where the gold miners struck it rich or died trying. In spite of the drought, the river and some creeks still have water, and
hiking trails are plentiful.
It is true one doesn’t have to go far for adventure. Check out your own back yard.